Preparation is underway as prominent Lagos businesswoman, Princess Toyin Kolade, the Iyalaje of Apapa, leads a powerful delegation from the palace of the Ooni of Ife, in Ile-Ife to Brazil to celebrate the 2020 Aje Festival.
Princess Kolade, who is regarded as the coordinator of the annual festival, made this known to newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos.
The Iyalaje of Apapa, while speaking on the importance of the festival, disclosed that many people usually come to her to give testimonies each time the festival is celebrated.
“Aje is not just an ordinary festival. Everybody loves Aje and everybody prays for it every day of their lives,” she stated.
“Only that if your mind is not pure you cannot celebrate Aje; it will never work.
“I remember when I travelled to Brazil, you need to see how people were trooping in to meet and greet me, because they know the meaning of Aje, it’s just a pity that here we don’t appreciate what we have because of envy. And this shouldn’t be so, it’s all about prayer.
“I believe in God, I believe in Jesus, but this is our tradition, and we must embrace it,” she stated.
The festival is expected to hold in Brazil on February 2, while the Nigerian, Ile-Ife edition, takes place on February 17, 2020.